Netherlands-based painter Jochum van der Woude, aka Joccum, is passionate about the age-long pop culture fever Pokémon and has challenged himself to recreate the original 151 Pokémon in the Renaissance style. The result is simply fantastic.
This journey started rather unassumingly — as I was waiting for an oil painting of my cat to dry, inspiration struck. I found myself giving Pikachu a Renaissance makeover, and before I knew it, I was deep into the creation of the original 151 Pokémon, each with a unique classical flair. My connection to Pokémon? It’s a familiar tale. It began with the first TV episode I watched as a kid, continuing with the Game Boy games that I anticipated every birthday. Those digital creatures were an integral part of my upbringing.Jochum van der Woude